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Excuse me, While I Slip Into Something More Comfortable

 

Boots.

 

Just thinking about that word congers up that famous bass guitar riff devised by famous session musician Carol Kaye, of the internationally famous Wrecking Crew. You know Carol’s work. She created the most famous part of Nancy Sinatra’s pop tune, “These Boots Were Made for Walking.” You know, the chords that come after Nancy Sinatra  growls, “These boots are gonna walk over you.” I found the link to the short clip Ms. Sinatra posted on her website here. Ms. Daughter-of-the-Chairman-of-the -Board’s recording of her iconic song turns 50 this year. Ironically this birthday comes at the same time we are  uploading to Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment system (Search for CanadianMade)  our refreshed two-hour long podcast for Air Canada that includes our story about

 

Canada’s Cougar Shoe Companycanuck_sleeknylon_white_1

We had a wonderful conversation with Cougar’s President and CEO President Steve Sedlbauer. We talked via SKYPE while he was in his Burlington, Ontario offices.  He explained how his father and uncle created the company, after the company they worked for got them out of Czechoslovakia in 1948, shortly before the communist party took over the country.  He then told me about when the name Cougar was adopted by his company and why.

 

Sedlbauer says Cougar sells millions of pairs of boots to places all over the world, where there’s harsh icy-cold weather. He’s proud that Canada has that rugged terrain and weather reputation, and that people around the globe embrace what his company stands for.  To quote Cougar.com

 

” Freedom is imagination, aspiration, expectation and perspiration. It’s making
waves and never, ever backing down, especially from a little ill weather. Since
1948 our family has kicked heels, splashed puddles, stomped mud and never taken a step without recognizing just how small we are in this vast and great and
beautiful drift we call home.”

“As a Canadian company, every winter boot we design must conquer the harshest
elements. After all, it’s hard to feel fashionable if you can’t feel your toes. That’s why three generations of our family are still working hard to keep your
family warm, dry and always in style.”

 

So, listen to our story and enjoy learning more about Canada’s own Cougar Boots

 

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David Usher’s Pink Elephants & Music

Let the Elephants RunDavid Usher is many things, a musician, artist, author, public speaker, entrepreneur and activist. David is a British-born Canadian, and CanadianMade Audio talks with David about his new best-selling book, Let The Elephants Run.  Listen to our interview here

More About His Book: Do you allow for creative play or outrageous creative thought anymore? Well, David’s new best-selling book is all about letting our creative pink elephants run wild. Let the Elephants Run shows us how to reignite creativity whether in the head office, the home office or the artist’s studio.  He says in our latest podcast interview with Rita Rich that in today’s world with the Internet, five people are working on the very same idea you are at the same time.  But, it’s not so important about being the first to come up with a creative idea anymore, but in fact, being able to deliver that creative idea.

Life tends to stifle all the creativity out of us. David believes creativity is in our DNA; it’s in everyone, not just the creative class. We all start our lives as very creative beings, but for many that spark becomes lost over time. How do we jump-start our creative process as adults? What does it means to be a creative person? How do we follow through with our ideas and turn them into tangible outcomes?

David will be doing a book signing March 29th. Montrealers! Get your copy of signed by on 03/29 @ 2pm. Info:

Interested in reading his book? Well it’s published by:House of Anansi Press (English) and Québec Amérique (French). To order the book in Canada go through   Indigo,  Amazon, or  Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (order by phone or drop by). To order the book in the US go through IndieBoundBarnes and Noble, or Amazon.

For any questions related to David’s book please contact:

About His Music: David UsSongs From The Last Day On Earthher is also musician he has sold more than 1.4 million albums and performed all over the world. He has had number one singles singing in English, French and Thai.  His band, Moist launched in Vancouver during late 1992; the alternative rock band played for the first time in January of the next year and recorded a self-titled cassette in February. Vocalist David Usher, guitarist Mark Makowy, keyboard player Kevin Young and bassist Jeff Pearce still needed a consistent drummer, though; they finally found Paul Wilcox, just in time for a date at Canada’s Music West Conference in April 1993. After several regional tours, t EMI April Music (Canada) signed the band in October and to Chrysalis (U.S.) in May 1994. Chrysalis reissued the band’s self-released album, Silver, in August of that year. Creature appeared in 1996. After a four-year hiatus, the band released Mercedes Five and Dime in 2000.

About His Business.  And, when David is not making music, he is equally passionate about using technology to build new and interesting businesses. His company, Cloudid Creativity Labs and projects brings together artists, designers and programmers to work on a vast range of pioneering projects, from building web platforms to creative consulting.  David sits on the advisory board of McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Art and Ideas and is the founding director of Amnesty International’s Artists for Amnesty.  You can explore more of David’s projects at: www.cloudid.co

David has a degree in political science from Simon Fraser University. When he’s not on the road he’s found in front of a computer dreaming up something new to create.

Fashion, Lux Oscar Soirees & Backstage

Producer Rita Rich of Canadian Made Audio chats with Canadian designer Lisa Drader-Murphy about some of the behind the scenes work that goes on before and during the Oscar parties, and some of her charity work as well.

Lisa Drader-Murphy has gone to the Oscars to get celebrity endorsements. And, this year she’s been asked to endorse the work of other fashion designers and artists!   For instance, American Radar Watches is on its way to Turbine shops.  Her fashions are a hit in Halifax and in Hollywood. She’s the total package when it comes to her innovative style, entrepreneurship, and of course, fashion design. Lisa is the president and owner of the Turbine and the Lisa Drader-Murphy labels.  Here’s a link to some of the famous celebs she’s hung out with, while in Hollywood.

From what we hear, she will be working with the Easter Seals of Nova Scotia, as a partner and presenter for its March 11th Evening with Easter Seals fundraising gala. Lisa Drader-Murphy will produce a fashion show for the gala. The program will include models who are clients of Easter Seals Nova Scotia’s programs that promote mobility and independence for Nova Scotians with disabilities. There will also be music and a silent auction. For more information and tickets please click here.

You can get in touch Lisa and follow the latest news and updates about Turbine Fashion via,           .      

Written by: Alice M. Fisher